Lost Led Zeppelin Bootleg Film Clips Restored and Revealed

A bootleg dealer released lost recordings of Led Zeppelin appeared in Los Angeles in 1970 and said it was important to share fan footage rather than hide it away in personal collections.

The band’s show at the Inglewood Forum had already been immortalized in an audio recording known to fans as On Blueberry Hill. Recently, fan John Waters was contacted by someone who had forgotten that he had smuggled a film camera into the same show. Although Eddie Vincent’s wind-up machine could only record 30 seconds at a time, another fan was able to match the clips to the audio. The restored moments can be seen below.

“I had really good seats,” camera operator Vincent said Classic rock. “They were right behind the band. I had front row seats, right behind John Bonham‘s set. The only problem was that you couldn’t really see John because the gong was there, but he came around and talked to us while they were doing the acoustic set.”

He forgot about the footage, which remained tucked away for 50 years until he unearthed it and made contact with collector Waters, who oversaw the restoration process. “The music needs to be out there,” he argued. “I know a lot of collectors and dealers who don’t give their stuff away, and that’s a shame to me. Music needs to be shared, and today you need it to get away from the crazy world. And if this movie brings a a lot of people happy, hey, we did a good job.”

In the text accompanying the YouTube video, Waters thanks Led Zeppelin “for the music” and writes, “Old concert footage is important and needs to be preserved! If you’ve recorded films in the past, shopped and collected reels, or just bought them from the classifieds of rock magazines in 70s and 80s, it is important that we save these.” He also provides an email address for those who would like help with restoration or sharing.

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